The wide swath of the 18,000-square-mile Trinity River basin winds through some of Texas’ best communities, and reaching out to those communities creates engagement and establishes meaningful relationships and partnerships. Our community outreach activities create opportunities to meet our customers and community members where they are to inform, educate and help inspire them to continue to be stewards of our valuable natural resources. Raising awareness about water and wastewater related issues is vital. TRA participates in numerous events throughout the basin:
- Texas Gatorfest
- River Legacy Earth Day Festival
- River Legacy W.A.T.E.R Festival
- River Legacy Scout Badge Day
- DFW Airport Earth Day
- UTA Earth Day: Celebrating People and Planet
- BNSF Earth Day Event
- Cedar Hill Earth Fest: An Earth & Arbor Day Celebration
- Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST)
- Earth Day Mansfield
- National Night Out
- Waterwise Landscape and Community Garden Tour
Community and youth engagement initiatives are packed with fun that allows for a deeper dive into specific topics, concepts and processes that coincide with material students learn in the classroom and current community concerns. Our youth engagement and education activities help encourage these young learners to better understand and help safeguard our natural resources. Engagement activities include these:
- Fort Worth ISD’s Vital Link Program
- College and career fairs
- Career days
- STEM programs
- Hands-on activities
- Facility tours
- Speakers bureau
- TRA’s Annual Art Contest
- Holiday Grease Roundup
TRA believes in the power of working together. Strategic partnerships offer the Authority an opportunity to support local and regional campaigns, benefiting the public.
River Legacy Living Science Center - A resource for recreation and education, River Legacy Living Science Center, located on the Trinity River, utilizes its surrounding area to raise awareness and educate children to ensure they become life-long stewards of the environment. With the Authority's support, River Legacy enhanced the Living Science Center Exhibit Hall in 2018, granting visitors a more interactive and engaging educational experience.
Friends of Lake Livingston - The Authority has provided support to Friends of Lake Livingston to aid in their mission to restore, enhance and preserve the native aquatic vegetation in Lake Livingston to provide habitats, reduce erosion and ultimately improve water quality.
Defend your Drains - As a member of the North Central Texas Council and Government's Wastewater and Treatment Education Roundtable, TRA has been a partner in creating the Defend your Drains campaign. The regional campaign raises awareness and calls on communities to properly dispose of common household items. These items such as wipes, paper towels, fats, oil and grease, can cause blockages and clogs, potentially causing sewer backups and sanitary overflows that can lead to untreated sewage entering the environment. Additionally, the group hosts the annual Holiday Grease Roundup which the Authority participates in. The campaign encourages the proper disposal of fats, oils and grease during the holiday season. A grease collection receptacle is available at TRA’s general office for community members to dispose of their fats, oil and grease during the campaign, which is then used to make biofuel. To learn more, visit here.